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Rural Senators Propose Tax Increases for Urban Counties

Residents of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties would pay more in either sales or gas taxes to fund transit projects.

Residents of five jurisdictions in Maryland would pay more in sales or gas taxes to fund transit projects under dueling proposals sponsored by two rural Republican state senators.

Sens. Richard Colburn and George Edwards are each proposing increases to the sales tax of between one-half to one penny. Edwards has also proposed a more than 2 percent sales tax on gasoline.

All of the proposed taxes would affect only residents of Baltimore City and of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The money would go to fund transit projects in the respective jurisdictions.

Colburn, a five-term Republican from the Eastern Shore, is proposing increasing the sales tax a full penny to 7 percent in those jurisdictions. The money would be placed into a regional transit account and used to pay for projects including subway and lightrail systems in those counties.

Edwards, an two-term Republican from western Maryland, proposes increasing the sales tax in those same jurisdictions by one-half a penny with the money going to transit projects.

A second proposal sponsored by Edwards would impose a 2.1 percent sales tax on wholesale gas sales in those five jurisdictions. Money generated from the tax would go to transit projects.

All three bills were introduced in advance of Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to phase in a 6 percent tax on wholesale gas sales over three years across the entire state, not just in five jurisdictions. The governor outlined the plan during his State of the State address but has yet to introduce a bill.

Able Baker April 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
No, sorry, it's false. The cost of the roads, sewers, bridges and power lines that connect rural Maryland to civilization massively outweighs the cost of urban welfare programs (which are mostly federal anyway). So what? Those businesses aren't in rural MD either. Neither are the vast majority of the taxpayers.
Tim April 06, 2012 at 06:46 PM
You are combining corporate income for the state versus individual. It dilutes your argument. You aren't right but you aren't wrong either. It purely depends on the dataset you choose to use. Poor people don't live in the suburbs. Part of this debate would have to be centered on what was the definition of "urban" versus "rural" because that too is a sliding scale and subject to interpretation. again, what Damion said was factual. Most of O'Malley's "freeloaders" live in Baltimore City. There's a reason he keeps winning elections. It's because Baltimore City and PG County votes for him 90-10 each election. It's not because businesses love him. Maryland's one of the worst states from a taxation perspective to have a corporation from the last figures I saw (2010). I wasn't even arguing the side points you bring up. I don't agree with these two guys as I noted months ago when this article first came out (necro posting ftw?) I was just noting that Damion a) is correct and as such b) calling him a dummy is pretty crass when your counterpoints are all circumstantial.
Able Baker April 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Poor people *do* live in the suburbs, and in rural areas. In fact, rural poverty is probably worse because access to services is much more difficult. That's one of the problems with this us vs. them mentality. I know that suburbanites and people in rural areas think they're shouldering the tax burden for everyone else, but it's just not true. If you're middle income, have kids and contribute to a 401k, you likely pay very little taxes. In terms of actual services used, these people don't consider the massive infrastructure costs that *everyone* bears just to make it possible for suburbanites to get to work.
Bart April 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
They are acting as if the people who live in these outlying suburbs don't ever make it to the "big city". These counties have become the bedrooom communities for the urban areas. Just look at all the new housing developments. these people commute to, and make their income in the more urban areas, yet they spend most of it in their home neighborhoods. These two might just have it backward.
Lisa Collins February 23, 2014 at 07:46 PM
1st off - statistically suburbanites Do Pay More in Taxes for the support of Urban updates. Baltimore, PG County, Montgomery County receive the largest amount of the property taxes from the rest of the state. things like the Inner harbor, Orioles and Ravens stadium, Buses and the metro should ONLY be paid for by the people that use them. Sorry but I've seen too many small family farmers lose their land to property taxes and losing their houses to pay for GAS prices, gas tax when required to commute. the arrogance of urbanites across the country is quite annoying and as a home owner not in an urban area I'm tired of paying for your stuff. I agree with these two - let's separate and disconnect gas and property taxes so that they are paid for by the folks that use them.

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